Video

Murderer's Song

Nelson Henricks

1991, 27:00 minutes, colour, B&W, English

TAPECODE 422.03

The videotape Murderer's Song is based on the true story of a mother and son team, and their involvement in the murder of an R.C.M.P. officer. My interest in the subject matter arose primarily out of my memories of a brief childhood friendship I had with the assassin, Andrew Kay. Divided into six sections, the tape comprises text derived from newspaper accounts, original music, and theatrical tableaus to investigate the passage of fact into folklore. References are made to themes of destiny and fate, the death of innocence, and the great western tradition of tragedy.

Murderer's Song se penche sur tout un éventail de questions, la principale étant comment les événements sont traités par les médias. De ce thème général, on peut dégager des sous-thèmes tels que la moralité, la mort et l'innocence, les univers parallèles et le complexe d'Oedipe. Le vidéo se divise en six parties qui forment un récit non-linéaire tirant ses influences de la musique populaire, du théâtre de Bretch, des beaux-arts et de diverses autres sources. La narration est une adaptation de coupures de journaux racontant un fait divers survenu à Calgary, Alberta: une femme et son fils ont fait équipe pour assassiner une police montée.

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